NHL Canadian Corner – October 19, 2013.

Jets rally to beat the Blues, plus the latest on James Reimer, Ryan Kesler, Karri Ramo, the Canadiens young gun, the Senators lack of discipline, and the Oilers woeful special teams.

Jacob Trouba slams face-first into the boards after missing a check on Jordan Leopold.

Jacob Trouba slams face-first into the boards after missing a check on Jordan Leopold.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets rallied from a 3-1 deficit and the loss of young blueliner Jacob Trouba to injury with a 4-3 shootout victory over the St. Louis Blues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trouba was carried from the ice on a stretcher after missing a check on Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold and crashing face-first into the endboards. Fortunately, he’s been released from hospital and tweets he expects to return to action soon.

TORONTO STAR: Some good news for the Maple Leafs, as James Reimer is okay after being removed from Thursday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes following a head injury, while injured winger James van Riemsdyk is back skating with the club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reimer claimed he was okay and didn’t want to leave that game but he had no choice because of NHL protocol regarding head injuries.

VANCOUVER SUN: Ryan Kesler joined the Sedins on the top line during the Canucks 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Say what you will about Canucks coach John Tortorella, he’s unafraid to shake things up and try difference line combinations, something his predecessor seemed reluctant to do.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens kid line of Lars Eller, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk has sparkled this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens finally have a promising young line which could form the backbone of their scoring punch for many years to come. Coach Michel Therrien has used Eller with other linemates in a couple of games, but I think we’ll see him with the two kids for most of this season.

CALGARY HERALD: Karri Ramo will finally get his second start of the season as the Flames face the San Jose Sharks tonight.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ramo was penciled in as the Flames starter this season, but backup Joey MacDonald has so far earned most of the starts.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators high shots-against totals and lack of discipline has become a concern for coach Paul MacLean.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The high penalty numbers are unusual for this season, but the Senators have been among the league leaders in shots-against since 2011-12. They must lower that number to avoid burning out their goaltenders when the playoffs roll around.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Among the problems facing the struggling Oilers is their woeful special teams, unable to score with the man-advantage while giving up too many goals shorthanded.


  1. Scoring on the PP will never be a concern for the Oilers. I like where their focus is right now: Defence. Once these guys can play on their own side of the blue line, their offense will fall into place. I like the idea of seeing Perron and Yakupov on their strong sides. Why they waited nine games to take them off their backhand is beyond me. This will undoubtedly affect their shots for and against.

    • @ Kyle

      The reason is most likely that Eakins is looking for these 2 guys to pick up and fight for loose pucks in the slot as there are more scoring chances there than there is a free wheeling style coming in off the wing …especially with trap hockey …Eakins obviously wants to get pucks in deep and then have it passed out fron as opposed to the team trying to carry the puck in over the blue line and possibly giving a turn over and creating odd man rushes …playing the opposite wing allows GOOD SHOOTERS to close in on pucks in the slot and fire in close on the net ….the problem is that you have to have players who are willing to get into those areas …Perron YES …Yakupov NO!

  2. The EGG line is doing great this year but I doubt it is together next year only because Galchenyuk will be ready to centre his own line. I see Gally with Gallagher and Eller with Pacioretty. We’ll see who fills in those lines butI think that will be the team core next year.

  3. Leafs – of all the d men that I think they need to replace or move down in there line up is gunnerson… He is what I’d call an in between, he’s not a physical guy and he’s not an offensive guy but he’s playing number 2 minutes which on most other teams he’s not… If you ca package him or just use him in a different trade. He’s the guy with the least amount of future growth and one I think is replaceable